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Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow

Examples of suet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mincemeat is comprised of some variation of beef suet, currants, rump steak, raisins, brown sugar, brandy, candied citrus peels, lemon juice and zest, nutmeg, and apples. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Store unused bird seed and suet in places not accessible to bears, such as a closed garage. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2022 The birds, drawn by seed and suet slabs, came soon afterward. Asher Elbein, Scientific American, 4 Mar. 2022 This filling is layered in a suet-laden dough colored by turmeric. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2022 When hungry, the birds simply swoop down to gobble up the seed and suet and then, often as not, return to their aerial perch. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 Heat the suet and lard in a heavy pot over a medium-high flame and brown the meat, working in batches. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2022 Consider providing them with high-energy foods like suet, peanuts, and black oil sunflower seeds. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 Keep feeders filled and consider offering high-energy foods like suet and mealworms for hungry nest builders. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of suet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suet

Middle English sewet, from Anglo-French suet, siuet, from seu, su hard animal fat, from Latin sebum

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10 May 2022

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“Suet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Kids Definition of suet

: the hard fat around the kidneys in beef and mutton from which tallow is made


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Medical Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow and that in prepared form is used in some pharmaceutical ointments

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